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Miners urged to take heed of Natural Capital Protocol framework

By: Ilan Solomons     10th November 2017 The recently released Natural Capital Protocol promises to give business a new appreciation of the ecosystem services on which they rely, states independent engineering and scientific consultancy SRK Consulting. The protocol was developed by a global multi-stakeholder group representing business,... 

Nondetonating timing system promoted to Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th October 2017 Unless mines pursue safer options, explosives suppliers will continue to supply more dangerous traditional products, stresses initiation system provider Master Blaster CEO Mark Davis.  

Zwane urges development of more African geological surveys

By: African News Agency      9th October 2017 Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane on Monday said that the limited knowledge of geosciences in Africa was thwarting appropriate steps to enable maximisation of development needed to transform the social and economic fabric of the continent. Zwane said that the role played by geological... 

Botswana to name developer of $4bn plant by December

By: Bloomberg     27th September 2017 Botswana Oil will choose by December a company to build and operate a $4-billion coal-to-liquids (CTL) plant, a facility it said may meet as much as 80% of the Southern African country’s fuel demand. The state-owned oil firm received 11 bids by its August deadline and is subjecting them to... 

De Beers is said to hire leak hunter to probe gem data breach

By: Bloomberg     14th September 2017 The world’s biggest diamond producer hired an external investigator to find the source of possible leaks of its most sensitive price data, according to people familiar with the matter. De Beers hired investigators from KPMG International in South Africa to find the source of the leaks, according... 

Minergy maintains positive momentum, eyes secondary listing by July 2018

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th September 2017 As emerging coal miner Minergy posts its maiden results for the year ended June 30, much work has been completed in the background to bring to fruition the full potential of the Masama project, in Botswana. So far, the potential of the resource, which was beyond expectations, had proven far... 

Lighting equipment eliminates glare

By: Nica Schreuder     1st September 2017 Lighting plays an important role in mining, as it is vital to be visually aware of potential mine and machinery-related safety hazards, as well as to allow for accommodating working conditions in the dark. 

Opportune time to invest in Botswana

By: Nica Schreuder     1st September 2017 The subdued global mining industry, owing to depressed commodity prices, has prompted Botswana to find alternative economic growth areas in other sectors of the country’s economy, simultaneously providing a prime investment opportunity, says Botswana Chamber of Mines (CoM) CEO Charles Siwawa.... 

Botswana event provides notable sales platform

By: Nica Schreuder     1st September 2017 Spurred by the Electra Mining Botswana conference and exhibition’s growing popularity, bulk materials handling solutions company Martin Engineering will exhibit at the event for the first time, says marketing leader Fran van der Berg. Electra Mining Botswana will be held at the Gaborone... 

Heavy industries equipment supplier adapts to stay relevant

By: Nica Schreuder     1st September 2017 Botswana’s decision to diversify its economy away from diamond mining towards coal resources and base metal beneficiation should prompt businesses to adapt to service the changing needs of the market to remain relevant, emphasises global supplier and manufacturer of special mobile equipment for... 

Show expected to achieve further growth

By: Nica Schreuder     1st September 2017 The number of exhibitors and visitors taking part in the Electra Mining Botswana exhibition and conference, since its inception in 2013, has increased by 17% and 8% respectively, with this years’ event expected to attract further key industry players in the mining, industrial and power generation... 

Prominent diamond miner invests in Botswana’s people

     1st September 2017 Diamond mining major De Beers announced in August that it has secured a $3-million, three-year partnership with tertiary education entity US-based Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) to empower young entrepreneurs and established business owners in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. The... 

Rapid drying oven offers faster minerals processing

     1st September 2017 Industrial solutions company thyssenkrupp’s Infra-Red (IR) rapid drying oven has significantly improved turnaround times for minerals processing operations specialist Minopex, owing to the oven’s fast-drying capability. Since installation, Minopex has reported great satisfaction with the IR oven.... 

Electra Mining Botswana attracting top names and industry support

     26th June 2017 Leading local and international suppliers to the mining, industrial and power generation sectors have embraced the business growth opportunity that Electra Mining Botswana presents in the region. Komatsu Botswana, Atlas Copco Botswana, Hansen & Genwest, Cummins SA, Phoenix Contact, Worley Parsons... 

Fluor’s Commitment to Sustainable Development in Botswana

     13th June 2017 Development of individuals is critical to the overall success of companies, as well as to the countries in which they operate. Fluor, a global engineering, procurement and construction company, has trained more than 250 000 people over a period of 100 years. In 2008, Fluor University, an award... 

Exploration needed to sustain Botswana diamond history

By: Martin Creamer     13th June 2017 The only way that Botswana can have a long and continued proud history of diamond mining is to spend money on diamond exploration, Botswana Diamonds MD James Campbell said on Tuesday, when he urged the country to consider adopting the Canadian flow-through incentive scheme to boost exploration... 

Botswana determined to become investor friendly – Minister

By: Martin Creamer     12th June 2017 The government is determined to better its legislative framework and policies to ensure the country becomes investor friendly, against a backdrop of collapsed foreign direct investment (FDI). Delivering the keynote address at the Botswana Resource Sector Conference, Mineral Resources, Green... 

Botswana’s diamond sector has gone ex growth – economist

By: Martin Creamer     12th June 2017 Botswana’s diamond sector is not going to disappear but it is also not going to grow. Increasingly, Botswana is a services driven economy, with the real growth coming from the services sector, Econsult MD Keith Jefferis told the Botswana Resource Sector Conference on Monday. The era of Botswana... 

Renewable energy eclipsing coal – Fieldstone 

By: Martin Creamer     12th June 2017 Renewable energy is very rapidly ousting coal, which could present a blow to Botswana, which has been pinning its hopes on coal replacing the static diamond industry as its new platform for economic growth. “Renewable energy is just about the only thing being invested in,” Fieldstone Africa MD... 

Govt continues to encourage investment beyond diamonds

By: Simone Liedtke     26th May 2017 Botswana's mining industry will see steady value growth as government continues its efforts to diversify away from the diamond sector, encouraging foreign investment, particularly in coal projects, says industry analyst BMI Research, a Fitch Group company. 

Collaboration key to build pipeline of opportunities on global scale

     28th April 2017 Québec-based carbon-capture technology developer CO2 Solutions president and CEO Evan Price expects its collaboration with global consulting and engineering firm Hatch to be central to the success of its Valorisation Carbone Québec (VCQ) project and instrumental in building the company’s... 

Government support for Botswana mining and related industries trade show

     11th April 2017 The Botswana Ministry of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security (formerly the Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources), has confirmed its support for this year’s Electra Mining Botswana, the largest mining, industrial, electrical and power trade show in Botswana. Citing... 

Major contract wins for Botswana office

     17th March 2017 Mining and engineering consultancy Hatch will use its diverse experience in coal mining unconventional oil and gas technology, power generation and industrial infrastructure to support national oil company Botswana Oil with regard to developing a coal-to-liquids (CTL) facility.  

Ghaghoo Decline Tunneling Through Sand

     23rd January 2017 The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) Johannesburg branch held its monthly technical presentation at Worley Parsons in Johannesburg last Thursday, 19th of January 2017. SAIMM Johannesburg branch chairperson John Arthur Luckmann formally introduced presentation speaker... 

Tsodilo Resources Limited Closes C$8,096,683 Private Placement Financing for Units

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th December 2016 TORONTO, ONTARIO - Tsodilo Resources Limited ("Tsodilo" or the "Company") (TSX- Venture Exchange: (TSD)) is pleased to announce that it has closed a private placement financing (the "Financing") previously announced on December 6, 2016, for gross proceeds to the Company of C$8,096,683. Pursuant... 

Botswana diamond mine to retrench 450 workers

By: African News Agency      9th December 2016 At least 450 miners will be retrenched next week at Karowe Diamond miner following a decision by owners Lucara Diamonds to prematurely terminate a mining services contract with South African company Eqstra. The dispute between Lucara Diamond and Eqstra, which has been simmering for months, is... 

Botswana copper production ceases as mining sector struggles for survival 

By: African News Agency      6th December 2016 Production in Botswana’s copper-nickel mining subsector is at a standstill following the voluntary liquidation of former top producer BCL in October, which was preceded by the collapse of two other producers in 2015. In his review of the mining sector during his State of the Nation Address (SONA)... 

Debswana to extend lifespan of Botswana diamond mine

By: African News Agency      5th December 2016 Botswana diamond miner Debswana has reported significant progress in the implementation of the Lethlakane mine tailings resource treatment project (LMTRTP). In a statement issued on Friday, Debswana corporate affairs manager Matshidiso Kamona said the tailing treatment project was 80%complete.... 

Terminal pay season opens at mothballed Botswana nickel miner

By: African News Agency      29th November 2016 The payment of terminal benefits to all former employees of liquidated Botswana nickel miner BCL Limited will start on November 30 amid expectations that it would be concluded by December 16, the provisional liquidator has announced. The government of Botswana, which was the majority shareholder,... 

Debswana shuts down Lethlakane opencast mining operations

By: African News Agency      21st November 2016 Debswana Mining Company (DMC) has closed down its Lethlakane Open Pit diamond mine because it had reached the end of its lifespan. Addressing the last parliamentary session in Gaborone late last week, Mineral Resources, Green Technologies and Energy Security minister Sadique Kebonang said the... 

Botswana’s emerging diamond cutting and polishing firms struggling – VP Masisi

By: African News Agency      10th November 2016 Botswana Vice-President Mokgweetsi Masisi said the country’s emerging diamond cutting and polishing firms are struggling against constrained access to credit facilities, high production costs and a shortage of skilled workers. Addressing delegates to an international diamond conference which... 

Liquidator retrenches all 5 000 workers at mothballed Botswana nickel miner

By: African News Agency      24th October 2016 All 5 000 employees of the moth-balled Botswana nickel miner Bamangwato Concession Limited (BCL) and its subsidiaries Tati Nickel Mining Company (TNMC) and BCL Investments will receive their last salaries in October 2016, the mine’s provisional liquidator has said. In a letter sent directly to... 

Botswana diamond miner announces four-month plant closure

By: African News Agency      21st October 2016 Contract miner Basil Read Mining Botswana (BRMD) has announced an immediate cessation of all mining operations at Lerala Diamond Mine (LDM), which is owned by Australian gem miner Kimberely Diamonds. BRMD, which was contracted to conduct mining operations on behalf of Kimberley Diamonds Limited... 

Namibia approves world’s first marine phosphate mining project

By: African News Agency      19th October 2016 The Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) has approved the marine phosphate mining application from an Omani mining company, paving the way for the opening of the world’s first ever sea-bed phosphate mining project. In a letter addressed to the company and circulated on local media,... 

Provisional liquidator given 4 months to determine fate of mothballed Botswana nickel miner 

By: African News Agency      13th October 2016 The government of Botswana has given the newly-appointed provisional liquidator of mothballed nickel miner Bamangwato Concession Limited (BCL) four months to make a determination on whether the mine should remain closed or suggest ways of resuscitating it. In a statement aimed at re-assuring the... 

Botswana pulls out of $279m Norilsk Nickel mine deal

By: Bloomberg     11th October 2016 Botswana withdrew its decision to buy a 50% stake in South Africa’s Nkomati mine from OAO GMK Norilsk Nickel because it can’t afford the price tag of just under P3-billion ($279-million). “The kind of situation we are in, where’s that money going to come from,” Khaulani Fichani, chairman of... 

Botswana lauded for effectively managing resource rents, but questions linger over diversification

By: Ilan Solomons     7th October 2016 Botswana’s considerable resource rents have historically been managed effectively by investing in human resources and infrastructure. However, the country has been unable to effectively diversify its economy and remains highly dependent on the diamond industry. This is according to a report... 

Local authority appeals for extended life-span of ailing Botswana nickel miner

By: African News Agency      6th October 2016 The Selebi-Phikwe town council has pleaded with the cabinet sub-committee set up to probe the feasibility of continued mining operations at the ailing Bamwangwato Concession Limited (BCL) mine to ask the government to consider financing the mine instead of taking up the closing down of it, as... 

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